Magnus Chase Series Book Review


The Sword of Summer 4/5 stars

The Hammer of Thor 4/5 stars

Middle Grade Fantasy novels

So I have obviously jumped onto the Rick Riordan train late as ever. I’ve heard about these books for so long, and I’ve constantly thought maybe I should read them. However, I never actually made the effort until I read this series so far. And I am really glad I did so. Rick Riordan writes books which just make me feel happy, and I don’t know if there are enough books like that in the world. But I definitely want more of them. So now I plan to read pretty much all of his books because I think he may be on the way to becoming one of my favorite authors for the middle grade genre.

Summary of The Sword of Summer:

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

The Sword of Summer is such a funny book. The opening lines about how the story revolving around how Magnus dies Andy how the reader will find out more really struck me. I was like, wow this sounds like a really interesting story. I was worried though because I hadn’t read Percy Jackson so I was scared I was going to miss out. Don’t be wary though, you can read these books without having read the other series. I may have missed out on little things, and I know his cousin Annabeth is in the other books. But I wasn’t lost at all.

I love the comedy. Magnus says funny things and it’s just really light hearted the whole time. The chapter titles, such as How to kill giants politely, are just freaking adorable in the best way possible. I even like the funny little jokes he makes about his being dead and other aspects of his new life as a dead kid. Also this book is wonderful because the characters are so diverse. Sam is a Valkyrie who’s also a Muslim who wears the hijab and wants to marry someone her family has chosen, because she loves him. Hearth is an elf who is deaf. And there’s a dwarf named Blitz who has the best fashion sense around. This group has a great dynamic which sometimes ends in hilarity and hijinks. I also like how Sam and Magnus are friends… there’s no weird forced tension or romance. Plus there was no romance in this book which I thought I’d hate, but I was able to focus on the story so kudos for that!

This was an awesome first book in a trilogy and I also loved the second book too.

Summary of The Hammer of Thor:

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

So this book begins where the last one stopped. They are looking for the hammer because Thor lost it again, and a lot of problems could arise if any unsavory characters know the god doesn’t have his Hammer.

So Magnus and his friends have to go find the hammer. Of course it’s not going to be easy and there is always the adventures they get into to make sure they are never bored for a moment. What’s really interesting is how Riordan takes us to more of the Nine Worlds to see the world of the giants and where Hearth hails from, the land of the Light Elves. Also, I wanted to cry when I learned the story of Hearth. He is just always so sweet, and none of what happened during his childhood was even fair to him in the least. He is such a good guy and just…ugh… I really hated his dad for obvious reasons. Also I kind of wish this was a map for this book since I’ve never been to Boston so it was hard to imagine the locations as well as I wanted to.

Also… once again the characters are so diverse. Sam is so awesome no matter what. I adore how she prays even when they are on their quest. It shows her dedication to her faith which I really admire. Also… we have Alex. She is just so kick butt. I didn’t like her at first, but then I grew to think she’s one of the best in the series. She’s gender fluid… which is awesome since you don’t see any characters like her in middle grade or YA, sadly. She is open and honest about who she is. It helps the reader see the important idea about pronouns, gender identifying and how other people view it. Also I kind of think it’d be cute if Alex and Magnus end up together. Like yes please, please…

This book was fantastic. That ending though made me freak the freak out, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out this fall. I think in the mean time I’ll have to read everything else Riordan has written. Yup, that’s probably going to be something I do this summer.

Both summaries come from Goodreads and don’t belong to me.